Tuesday 8 May 2012

Pin Cushion swap : give away.

Hello all!

So totally exciting, this is the first post of the pin cushion swap, and what a treat we have the most lovely lady sharing her goodies with us. Diana has been so kind to offer one of her pin cushions as prize. But first a little more about Diana herself.

Hi There!

I am Daina Chavez, Founder of FrenchFwries Shop on Etsy and Store Envy. I love making all kinds of things with my hands, i’ve dwelled deep into the art of knitting, crocheting, painting, jewelry making, welding, and my latest adventure- sewing! I was born and raised in Havana, Cuba by my mother and grandmother who both emphasized my artisan skills. At a young age i learned to sew, and i remember always digging through a button jar at my grandma’s house to find something special to sew onto my newest project and as i sat back down with my grandma to sew, i remember thinking her pincushion, was...well...ugly. I wanted something that represented me, a pretty something, that could act like a jar, but also a pin cushion, and from then on, i became obsessed with cute, functional pincushions.

i moved on to making my own sewing pins too (because honestly, the craft stores don't offer much of a selection...) and it came to me one day that if i combined my love for those three things together, each pincushion would be kind of like a treasure box to open. So to this day, i package my pincushions with a love for attention to detail, and care. I make sure to carefully select an array of buttons and ribbons to hide inside the glass jar, from my own jar of buttons, and everytime i send out one of my custom pieces, it makes me happy knowing that someone else is going to get their own mini treasure box to open.

Even now, as a 21 year old, i don't forget my background how everything i learned came from those two wonderful women in my life and in honor of how wonderful mothers are, i want to offer one lucky person one of my most fun and useful items-my Capacious Pincushion! Make sure to follow the giveaway instructions to enter, you could be the lucky winner!
Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Squares 

(this is a sample pin cushion, whomever wins can pick whichever pin cushion they'd like and whatever style, color, etc.)
So the rules are :


Open internationally
Open to all - not only members of the pincushion swap party.
Closing date is Sunday GMT London 8pm.
The winner will have to contact myself or Rachel directly to claim your prize within one week. 
The winner will be announced on May 15th 2012.

To enter :

Visit Diana's shop and tell me which of her pin cushion you would choose. She is very talented and you will be spoiled for choice. Click on Diana's  Facebook like button !

Extra entries:

Go to Rachel's blog and comment your answer there too.

Like her Facebook page and post the link on the comment box.

Like my Facebook Page 

Best of luck, and look out for our next post on Thursday something really special coming up!


  1. I checked out Diana's shop and really love "Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Whimsy Butterfly". I liked her Facebook page. :)
    And I'm your new follower. Thank you very much for hosting the pincushion swap. :D

  2. Hi Charlotte, You and Rachel are making this pincushion swap tooooo much fun.thankyou.
    I went to Diana's shop.. and it was really hard to make a decision..but I think I like the whimsical butterfly one. I also, liked her on facebook.
    I would also like to tell Diana, I really enjoyed her article. Very touching..

  3. The Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Whimsy Butterfly I love the bright fabric and design....very nice!

  4. Hello Charlotte, I checked out Diana's shop and this would be the one i picked Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Squares also I liked your Facebook,page along with Rachel's and Diana's Facebook page for her shop. I am really enjoying this pin cushion swamp you guys are doing and having these little fun things to do in between is so much fun thanks again for the hard work you two are doing for all of us sewers

  5. My favourite pincushion would have to be the Flakes of Maroon but it's a hard choice :) I liked Diane's facebook page as well as looking around her shop. Really looking forward to finding out my swap partner and making them a pincushion :)

  6. I have just checked Dianes blog and love "Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Whimsy Butterfly". it is so perfect.

    I have just bought some medium sized mason jars to do something similar I can't wait - feel so inspired Sue x

  7. Hi Charlotte. Thank you for the fun giveaway and for hosting the pincushion swap. I would choose the flower medley because I love the summery colours. I have liked Diana on facebook too.

  8. I forgot to say that I have just liked you on facebook too.


    I would choose this customizable one, with hot pink everything. Love that you can store stuff underneath!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I like Diana's 'Flakes of Maroon' pincushion!

  11. Hi, my favorite of Daina's pincushions is "Honey Structure" because it reminds me of a jar of honeycomb - yummy!
    I have liked FrenchFwries and House of Pinheiro on Facebook, and added both to my page's favorites. Thanks very much for letting me join in the pin cushion swappy fun!

  12. I love this giveaway! My favorite in Diana's shop is "Custom "treasures" Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins- Green & Blue Leafs" I love that fabric! I liked her FB page and yours! I am so excited about the pin cushion swap. It is going to be so fun! Thanks so much!

  13. Hello! Thank you Charlotte for hosting the pin cushion swap, my favourite of Diana's pincushions would have to be one of the capacious cushions for the huge jar storage under the cushion, I love the whimsical butterfly fabric ( although cheekily I would secretely like the green and blue leafs made into a big cushion as they are my favourite colours!)
    ps. i have left a message on Rachel's blog too and liked all your facebok pages!

  14. oops, sorry i realised its daina not diana!

  15. Liked your pages (glad you introduced me to both) and love the pincushions! Thank you for the swap. This is so fun!

  16. I love the 'squares' pincushion - it's so cute! I've already commented on Rachel's blog. Thank you for the chance to win! x

  17. Candace Campbell9 May 2012 at 09:40

    I love ALL of them but would choose the honey structure one.. I liked her Facebook page. :)

  18. Sophie Philpot9 May 2012 at 10:07

    I would be happy to have any of the pincushions- or a collection of all of them!!! But if you pushed me to choose it would be the custom "treasures" pin cushion with blue and green leafs. I just love the colours. I have liked French Fwries facebook page, yours and House of Pinheiros page too. xxx

  19. I had a look at the shop page and really like the 'treasures' pincushion! I love the jar! And I liked the facebook page!


  20. Have liked both facebook pages. LOVE LOVE LOVE these pincushions, especially the Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Whimsy Butterfly. Great give away and swap, so excited!

  21. That is such a lovely pin cushion, I would love for it to live at my house! Thanks for the chance

  22. I really love your Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Whimsy Butterfly, all of your pincushions are adorable! I have also liked your page on facebook, Picperfic's Fluff-n-Stuff and it would be lovely if you'd like my page too :D

  23. I really like this pincushion Capacious Pin Cushion with Handmade Custom Pins OOAK- Whimsy Butterfly ... it's orange & has a hidey hole space for stuff - awesome!

  24. Oh wow, not only the cutest pincushions, those handmade pins are adorable! I really like the small one with the flower medley fabric. :)